Course name Music Business & Administration
Course date 03.11.2022 - 10.12.2022
Institution Novia University of Applied Sciences
Course language English
Credits 4 ECTS credit

Field Culture HUB
Teacher Ann Slangar
Available for open UAS For Free
Level Bachelor

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Enrolment period 15.08.2022 - 27.10.2022
OPEN UAS Enrolment

Music Business & Administration

03.11.2022 - 10.12.2022

Course description

Learn with Ann Slangar, the CEO and A&R for the music publishing company Sugar House Publishing Inc. with earlier experience from running a studio, record label and management. Ann recently received the Finnish Music Publishers Honors Music Export Award. https://musicfinland.com/en/news/sugar-house-publishing-ceo-ann-slangar-wins-music-publishers-export-award 

Target Group: Songwriters, Producers, Top-liners, Musicians, Music teachers and entrepreneurs who want to develop music business skills on an international level.

This music business course is in co-operation with Lafo Songwriters Academy and is highly recommended for the students of the other songwriting and production courses held at the academy during the year.

Learning Goals:

  • After the course students will have deeper knowledge in music business and business planning.
  • Administration of copyrights in compositions as well as productions.
  • The importance of metadata and knowing the basics of royalty flow.
  • The rights and obligations when releasing music.


  • Songwriting copyright and rights organizations
  • Master copyright and rights organisations
  • Role of a Music Publisher – do I need one?
  • International situations, agreements and splits
  • Metadata and DSP’s, aggregators
  • Business planning
  • Special Guests




No prerequisites required.

Assessment criteria

Approved/Failed For approval active participation, completed tasks, active co-creation, and initiatives are counted.

Course way of working and time table

Mode of delivery Online only using Microsoft Teams. You will be invited to Sugar House Publishing Inc. Teams organisation. Zoom will be used for some guest interviews.

The course continues online for the given time (about 5 weeks), mostly weekend days and some additional guest events during the week days.